How We Teach French
Learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. Our aim is to offer a broad and vibrant foreign languages curriculum that will inspire and motivate our children. In addition, to develop an interest and curiosity about foreign languages, offering the opportunity to explore relationships with language and identity, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and the world around them.
In French pupils will learn to:
- read fluently
- write imaginatively
- speak confidently
- understand the culture of the countries in which the language is spoken
We aim to ensure that pupils:
- understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources
- speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
- Can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
- Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.
French is taught in discreet half hour blocks in year groups. Much language learning can be taught informally and incidentally through using the language for real purposes e.g. taking the register, choosing their dinner, classroom commands, maths mental warm-up, celebrating achievements and birthdays. With the addition of this informal teaching time, the recommended one hour per week for the Key Stage 2 MFL framework is met. French is delivered in Key Stage 2 by the class teachers. Children receive a MFL book at the commencement of Year 3 and this book stays with them throughout their KS2 education.
In September, we traditionally celebrate a ‘French Fun Day’ for the whole school. Each phase looks at developing children’s knowledge of France and their culture and promoting the French language. This is done through using our Salut! scheme and gaining knowledge on different landmarks in France, French food tasting and creating posters showcasing new embedded language.